The CNMA consists of two full-time staff members, two part-time employees, a volunteer Board of Directors, and approximately 500 paid memberships. The current Board of Directors include:
Kristen Lummis, Chair: Kristen Lummis is a freelance writer based in Colorado focused on skiing and outdoor adventure. In addition to producing her award-winning website, braveskimom.com, Lummis writes for FIS (the International Ski Federation), liftopia.com, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and regional Colorado magazines including Aspen Sojourner, MTN Town, Spoke + Blossom and more.
Debbie Kovalik, Vice Chair: Debbie is a third generation Colorado Native, born in Denver, Colorado, graduated from The University of Northern Colorado and has worked in Television Media as a journalist, in marketing and advertising and began a career in Destination Marketing in Colorado Springs in 1985. In January of 1990, Debbie was hired as the First Executive Director of the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau and served in that Leadership Roll for the City of Grand Junction for 28 years, until her Retirement in early 2018.
Brian Hollingsworth, Treasurer: Brian is a CPA and senior auditor with Dalby, Wendland & Co. P.C. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Masters in accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently serves as the treasurer of Grand Junction Lions Club, and sits on the Mesa County Valley School District #51 Audit Committee. Brian is a Grand Junction local. He was born and raised in the Grand Valley. His interests include outdoor activities and sports. He is an avid golfer and skier.
David Conner, Secretary:
Joel Bechtel, Member: Born in Warren, Minnesota in 1945, Joel moved to Greeley, Colorado as a child. Attended Colorado University for his undergraduate degree and then Colorado University Medical School, obtaining his M.D. in 1971. After completing internship at the University of California in L.A. he served 3 years as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy. Joel then completed his medical education with an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Oregon and a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Michigan. Returning to Colorado, with his wife and two sons in 1980, Joel opened a Pulmonary Medicine practice in Grand Junction. Joel has practiced Pulmonary and Intensive Care medicine for over 34 years, retiring October of 2014. During his career, Joel served on the St. Mary’s Board of Directors, the St. Mary’s Foundation Board and was Chief of Medical Staff for two years. Since retirement, Joel is again on the St. Mary’s Foundation Board, and now serving on the Colorado National Monument Association Board. Joel is an avid road biker and more recently, he’s added pickle-ball to his sporting endeavors.
Carl Jacobson, Member: Carl is a long-term resident of Glade Park. He lives adjacent to Colorado National Monument in a solar-powered rammed-earth home that Danni and he built from native materials. Having grown up on a ranch in Wyoming, he enjoys the solitude that the monument offers, but also enjoys his interactions with the diverse populace of Glade Park. He is a chemical engineer from Mines. He worked as an engineering manager in oil shale, ground-water remediation, energy conservation, and renewable energy installations. When not reading or traveling, Carl may be found hiking, biking, skiing or hanging out in the woods.
Michael Santo, Member: Michael received his law degree in 1992 from the University of Detroit before moving to Colorado and cofounding Bechtel & Santo with Betty Bechtel. Since 1994, Michael has focused his practice on defending companies in employment litigation including discrimination lawsuits, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour matters. He also represents employers in claims of trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and employee raiding. Michael is a frequent lecturer on employment-law issues and contributing author for several publications including The Employer’s Advisory, a Bechtel & Santo quarterly newsletter. In 2014, Michael was lead counsel in the Colorado Supreme Court case, ICAO v. Softrock. This case assisted employers by requiring the Dept. of Labor to more thoroughly analyze the independent-contractor factors during a DOL audit. Michael became a fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation in 2014, an honor restricted to no more than five percent of attorneys in Colorado.
Jesse Scott, Member:
Melinda Shishim, Member: Melinda is an attorney working for the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She received her JD from Vermont Law School, and a BA in English from Fort Lewis College where she was a member of the road cycling team. She loves to travel and recently got engaged in Guatemala. She and her fiance have a cat and are awaiting the arrival of their new rescue pup.
Mark Swain, Member:
Colorado National Monument Association board meeting are held once each month, typically 4:00-6:00 pm on the third Monday afternoon of the month, at Western Colorado Community College. Call the executive director or any board member for current details. Colorado National Monument Association 970-858-3617 ext 360